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DAS in Applied Diplomacy

With the DAS in Applied Diplomacy you will learn to analyze the mechanisms of the world of international relations. During the excursions to Bern, Geneva, Brussels, Tallinn and Vienna, you will not only expand your network, but also acquire the practical knowledge necessary to act confidently in the international arena.


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Diploma of Advanced Studies ZHAW in Applied Diplomacy (30 ECTS)





CHF 16'700.00

Comment on costs: 

Tuition fees are invoiced for each course separately.
See individual programs for details.


  • ZHAW School of Management and Law / Campus St.-Georgen-Platz, 8401 Winterthur
  • On-site in Winterthur, Zurich, Bern, Brussels, Geneva, Tallinn, and Vienna, as well as selectively online.

Language of instruction:

  • German, English
  • Participants are expected to have a good working knowledge (spoken & written) of German and English.

Objectives and content

Target audience

The DAS program is aimed at people who are or will be active in the field of external relations and related areas. They may be employed in the private sector or at any level of public administration. The program is also suitable for representatives of industry associations and NGOs.


DAS in Applied Diplomacy participants

  • first acquire the basics about the world of international relations
  • gain practical skills through simulations and workshops with specialists and can then apply them in their professional context
  • gain in-depth knowledge of Swiss foreign policy, the importance of information security, and the impact of digitalization on administration, diplomacy, and internationally active companies
  • attend networking events in Switzerland and abroad to exchange ideas directly with experts.


The DAS program has a modular structure. It is divided into a CAS program, two continuing education courses, and a thesis:

A review of the CAS in Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy is available here (in German): Reise nach Brüssel 2019, virtueller Besuch in Bern 2021, Graduation ceremony 2021; WBK Diplomacy in the Digital Age Discussion with Estonia’s CIO, 2020.


The DAS program is characterized by methodological diversity. In addition to lectures, exercises, and work on real-world case studies, e-learning, and simulations, great importance is attached to the continuous scrutiny of world events and their interpretation. For performance assessment requirements, see individual programs.


For the assessments, see individual programs.

More details about the implementation

Part-time course of study:
Fridays and Saturdays from 8.45 a.m. to 4.45 p.m
Exceptions: Excursions, see individual programs

Enquiries and contact


  • International Management Institute
  • Department International Business

Offered in cooperation with

Foraus – Foreign Policy Think Tank


Admission requirements

Admission requirements for applicants with a university degree:

Admission to the DAS program requires:

  • A degree (diploma, licentiate, Bachelor's or Master's degree) from a state-recognized university or one of the predecessor schools.
  • At least two years of professional experience at the time of enrollment.

Admission requirements for professionals without a university degree:

Admission to the DAS program requires:

  • Final diploma for an educational program at a college of higher education and training or federal training examination (federal diploma). In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted if their suitability for participation can be otherwise proven.
  • At least four years of professional experience at the time of application and completion of basic vocational training.

Admission interview:
The Head of Program reserves the right to ask for references and invite applicants to an interview.

Decision on admission:
Admissions are decided on by the Head of Program

Information for applicants

Registrations receive consideration in the order they were received.

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